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CASTING CROWNS HONORED WITH TWO BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Posted May 21, 2012

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CASTING CROWNS HONORED WITH TWO BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Christian Musicís Best-Selling Artist Named Top Christian Artist and Recognized for Top Christian Album, Come To The Well

(Nashville, Tenn.) May 21, 2012óOn the heels of wrapping up its highly attended ìCome To The Wellî tour, best-selling Christian music artist Casting Crowns received two 2012 Billboard Music Awards during last night's live broadcast on ABC. The band was named this yearís Top Christian Artist and also received the honor of Top Christian Album for its 2011 project, Come To The Well.

Casting Crowns was nominated for four awards in categories including Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album (where it received two nominations for: Until The Whole World Hears and Come To The Well) and Top Christian Song, ìGlorious Day (Living He Loved Me).î

ìWhat we do is inspired by our faith in Jesus, our home churches and the incredible people we get to interact with on the road. We feel honored that our music would be recognized in this way,î states lead singer Mark Hall.

The awards reflect Billboardís chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.

These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards were based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists were recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.

The ì2012 Billboard Music Awardsî were broadcasted live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 on the ABC Television Network.

A full list of winners can be found at: http://www.billboard.com/bbma/winners?page=4

About Casting Crowns:
All of Casting Crownsí projects are RIAA certified, with a tally of three RIAA Platinum Albums, two RIAA Platinum DVDs, five RIAA Gold Albums, two Gold DVDs and three Gold digital singles (ìWho Am I,î ìPraise You In This Storm,î ìEast to Westî). The band currently holds the position as Billboardís top-selling act in Christian music, since 2007. The group has also been honored with two American Music Awards, with six total nominations, three GRAMMY Awards, 14 GMA Dove Awards, two 2012 Billboard Music Awards and four total Billboard
Music Award nominations.

Casting Crownsí seven band members all remain active in student ministry in the Atlanta area and tour according to their local church commitments. Serving his 18th year in youth ministry, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall maintains his role as the student pastor at Eagleís Landing First Baptist Church in Atlanta.

As a testament to the bandís impact, Casting Crowns performed for a second time in North Korea in April 2009, in partnership with Global Resource Services; the band continues to forge invaluable relationships with the people in the D.P.R.K. (Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea).

Casting Crowns recently concluded its 42-city ìCome to the Wellî spring tour, which saw 40 arena sellouts, more than 370,000 in attendance (across the 40-city fall leg and spring dates combined) and has generated more than 13,000 child sponsorships through its partnership with Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision.

For more information on Casting Crowns visit: www.castingcrowns.com,
www.facebook.com/castingcrowns , www.twitter.com/castingcrowns or follow Mark Hallís Twitter at twitter.com/markhallCC.

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